I keep ahandy list where I write blog ideas as they come to me. I Iog nearly every idea no matter how silly it may sound. Some ideas are ones I like, but when I attempt to write them, I find they just don’t have enough weight for a full blog post. So, today I decided to write some of them together as part of one big bipolar grab bag of a post. Some, but not all, may come across as pet peeves.
Face Book Junkie
I’m a Facebook junky. I check my timeline regularly throughout the day. It’s so severe that some days I’ll be reading a book and can’t wait for the chapter to end so that I can check to see if I have new messages.
Just over a month ago I made an announcement to my Facebook followers. I told them I was going on vacation. I found Facebook was taking too much time away from writing my manuscript. I went through every one of my followers and marked them so that I wouldn’t receive notifications of their posts. I still go on there once a day to ensure my blog post transferred over, but that’s it. Well, guess what…I don’t miss it at all. Well, I do miss keeping out with family members, but I don’t miss cat videos, “thought provoking” memes or long winded political commentary. I don’t know when I’ll get back on. My original thought was early October, but now that the election is fast approaching, I may just wait until the day after the election.
Oh, She Was So pretty
I’m sure you experienced this or have seen it on TV. A girl is killed, or kidnapped or has some other terrible fate. Someone will look at the picture of her and will sometimes say, “Oh, she was so pretty.” I see and hear it all the time. If it’s so sad because she was pretty, does that mean a negative twist of fate is not as tragic if the girl was not attractive? I know no one means ill will when they say this, but to me it’s like hearing nails on a chalkboard.
Long Blog Posts
When I write a post for my blog, my goal is to make it 700 – 800 words. 1,000 words max. I’m not perfect, for instance, yesterday’s post was a little over 1,000 words. Please forgive me. I mention this because there’s a lot of 1,500, 2,000 and even 3,000 worded blog posts out there. Sometimes these are posted by some of my favorite bloggers. It saddens me when I see this because it means I’ll have to skip the post. My brain can’t handle it. It literally feels like it’s going to explode. I’m not trying to tell you that you shouldn’t write long posts, but I want to say it means I’ll likely move on to the next one. Out of respect, if I don’t read it I don’t “like It” I don’t just click “Like” for having stopped by. I only use it to acknowledge a blog post after I actually read it.
Hey super bloggers. How do you do it? I’m referring to those of you who have multiple blogs. I’ll go to Gravatar to look at someone’s profile and see that they have multiple blogs. I struggle to maintain this one blog, I couldn’t imagine having any more. I’ve seen some of you that have as many as five blogs. All I can say is keep it up and you have my respect.
Promises, Promises, Promises
I don’t make promises. I just don’t because I have no control over the Universe. Every time I’ve made a promise it’s always come back and bit me in the ass. I didn’t live up to my promise. I consider that rude, which is why I don’t confirm anything with a promise. [I screw up and do it now and again] but for me, it’s just a good practice to avoid.
I Always Return
Most likely, some day, I’ll probably decide it’s time to say goodbye to this blog. It will be a sad day indeed. I have gone on vacation from my blog. Some of them have been for a few months. One time I said I was going to take a break and wound up being gone for a year. There’s something that always brings me back – my readers. Going over my tales of joy and woes is cathartic, but what gets is when I get asked to please come back. I come back for other bloggers or regular readers because I’ve been told I made a difference in some people’s lives. Some have told me that they appreciate this blog because it’s helped them understand they are not alone.
What gets me jazzed the most? Emails from friends and family members, of a person who has a mental illness, and thanking me for helping them understand. Nothing makes me more excited than those individuals.
I hope you enjoyed this bipolar grab bag. It feels good to get some of these ideas finally posted because I’ve held them for a long time.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. I have every intention of enjoying mine.